Smart Books - Adding context-awareness and interaction to electronic books

Authors Wolfgang Beer
Alexander Wagner
Editors D. Taniar
E. Pardede
H.-Q. Nguyen
W. Rahayu
I. Khalil
Title Smart Books - Adding context-awareness and interaction to electronic books
Booktitle Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia (MoMM-2011)
Type in proceedings
Publisher ACM
Department ISE
ISBN 978-1-4503-0785-7
Month December
Year 2011
Pages 218-222
SCCH ID# 1149

The availability of e-Inc reading devices, such as Amazon's Kindle, and tablets like the Apple's iPad dramatically pushed the market for electronic books and magazines. The well-known advantages of electronic content compared to printed media are instant delivery, multimedia capability, less weight and additional media related services, such as dictionaries and language translation. Beside these known advantages, mobile electronic devices further offer a broad spectrum of sensors and input/output capabilities to further enrich the presentation of modern electronic media. Within this work we propose a system architecture and a mobile reader software for further enhance the capabilities of ebooks and magazines. The proposed enhancement enables ebooks to react context- and situation-aware onto the readers demands in various application domains. By adding active elements, such as rules and conditional events to electronic media, we enable smart behaviour of electronic content. Furthermore it enables the reader complex interactions with an ebook, which goes further than just page flipping and chapter selection. A case study presents a personalized travel guide which reacts context-sensitive according to the user's actual situation.